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Will Obama’s Power Africa Initiatives Survive The New Congress?

By D.A. Barber, 10:44am AFKI Original

When the new Republican-led 114th Congress convenes in January, it will be tasked with dealing with some important legislation – all harbingers of U.S.-Africa relations for 2015 – and further into the decade. The Energize Africa Act has been waiting for Senate action since this past summer; the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s temporary authorization runs out in June 2015; and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is up for re-authorization in Sept. 2015. The latter was passed in 2000 and Africa has changed a lot since then. One thing is for sure, Republicans are not known for being supportive of foreign aid programs.

AFKI Commodities Report: Oil Price Plunge Continues

Thinkstock By Lynda Davies, 02:27pm AFKI Original

Oil prices continue to nosedive, with Brent North Sea crude and U.S. light sweet crude now trading at their lowest levels in more than five years. The United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail Al-Mazrouei told news media OPEC would refrain from reducing output even if prices fall as low as $40 a barrel.

Forget The Russian Ruble, Nigeria’s Naira Is In Trouble

Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Photo by Bloomberg. By Kevin Mwanza, 09:49am

Trading in the Nigerian Naira had to be halted on Thursday after traders got confused with a new rule introduced by the country’s central banks to try and limit speculation in the local currency that has seen it tumble against the dollar in the last quarter of this year. Bloomberg reported that the Naira has dropped 12 percent to trade at 190 against the dollar since Oct. 1 as investors dropped Nigerian assets

12 Young Players To Watch Out For At AFCON 2015

kickoff.com By Maher Mezahi, 10:04am AFKI Original

With the Africa Cup of Nations just a month away, AFKSports takes a look at the best players under the age of 22 looking to make their names in Equatorial Guinea. Some of these starlets are established household names while others are unknown up and comers. But we can guarantee that all are bound to catch your eye come January 17.

12 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Egypt

Flickr.com By Julia Austin, 07:29am AFKI Original

The mention of Egypt alway bring to mind scenes of a desert land dotted with pyramids and mummies. The history of the North African country is one of the richest in the world ans that makes it one of the most visted countries. But there is much more to ancient Egypt than mummification and Cleopatra’s milk baths. That being said, those facts hint at a culture that had highly evolved medical practices, and valued ceremony and luxury.

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